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Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

Family Medicine

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Administrative: (585) 506-9484

Fax: (585) 473-2245

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Professional Background

Steve Barnett, MD, was born in Brooklyn, grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Philadelphia, attended medical school in New Jersey and did his residency in Wisconsin. He came to Rochester for the family systems medicine fellowship and stayed in the area doing research, locum tenens family medicine and rural emergency department work. He joined the UR Department of Family Medicine faculty in 2002 in the research division. Dr. Barnett's primary academic focus is health and healthcare research with populations of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users and people with hearing loss, their families and communities. Dr. Barnett is the Director of the CDC-funded Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research, and is the Program Director at UR for the NIH-funded Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. He was also medical director (2002-2015) of the award-winning Strong Connections, the University of Rochester Medical Center's pioneering Telehealth Sign Language Interpreter Services Program.



  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


BA | University of Pennsylvania

MD | New Jersey Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1994 - 06/30/1996
Fellowship in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital of Rochester

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center

07/01/1990 - 06/30/1991
Internship in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center

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Community Advocate Award 2015
Sponsor: Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS
Location: Rochester NY

Award for Excellence in Research Addressing Cardiovascular Health Equity
Sponsor: American Heart Association (AHA)
Location: AHA EPI/NPAM Conference (San Francisco)

Outstanding Poster Award: Overall Impact
Sponsor: CDC Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Meeting
Location: St Louis, MO

Excellence Award (for Mentoring and Support of Medical Students)
Sponsor: Department of Family Medicine
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Winner | Poster Contest Commemorating the National Health Interview Survey's 50th anniversary
Sponsor: CDC National Center for Health Statistics
Location: Hyattsville, MD

Frank W. Lovejoy M.D. Preceptorship in Family Medicine
Sponsor: Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Family Medicine Faculty Teaching Award
Sponsor: Family Medicine Residency, Department of Family Medicine
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Best Seminar, STFM Northeast Region Meeting
Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Location: Philadelphia, PA

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Journal Articles

Buckley G; Smith S; DeCaro J; Barnett S; Dewhurst S. "Building community with deaf scientists." Science. 2017; (Jan 20); 355(6322): 255.

Pollard RQ, Betts WR, Carroll JK, Waxmonsky JA, Barnett S, Degruy FV, Pickler LL, Kellar-Guenther Y. "Integrating primary care and behavioral health with four special populations: Children with special needs, people with serious mental illness, refugees, and deaf people." The American psychologist.. 2014 69(4):377-87.

McKee MM, Smith S, Barnett S, Pearson TA. "Commentary: What are the benefits of training deaf and hard-of-hearing doctors?" Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.. 2013 Feb 0; 88(2):158-61.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Care of the deaf child.
Book Title: Pediatrics
Author List: Barnett S; Katcher L; Katcher M.
Edited By: L Osborn; TG DeWitt; LR First; J Zenel
Published By: Elsevier-Mosby2005 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: John: Lessons in caring
Book Title: Tales from Family Therapy: Life-changing Clinical Experiences
Author List: Speice J; Barnett S
Edited By: F Thomas and TS Nelson
Published By: Haworth Press1998 in New York

Chapter Title: New evidence for high blood flow in the carotid body
Book Title: Chemoreceptors and Reflexes in Breathing: Cellular and Molecular Aspects
Author List: Mulligan E; Barnett S; Wagerle LC; Lahiri S
Edited By: S Lahiri; RE Forster; RO Davies; AI Pack
Published By: Oxford University1989 in New York